Camisoles 2 (Under a Dress)

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Camisoles for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Under a Dress

Quote of the day: “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” Bob Marley

This series was a thought in my head from awhile ago, but a recent email from a reader brought it to fruition! Thanks Ann!

So why even have a camisole in your wardrobe? And it’s true that you certainly could live long and prosper without one. In fact, you could easily substitute a tank shirt or short sleeve t-shirt for most of these outfit suggestions. But the whole idea behind these items are modesty, I think.

There is an occasional piece of clothing that we love, but it can show a little too much skin either outright or when we bend over. That’s where wearing a camisole comes into play. I started off by showing camisoles styled under a shirt in the last post, here. Now I’m pairing them with a dress.

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: To me a wrap dress definitely means wearing some kind of camisole or another shirt with it!

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

I usually wear a red cami under this dress, but decided to change things up with a teal one this time.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

The dress is short sleeved, so I pulled out my burgundy cardigan for warmth.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

You’ve seen these silver sneakers a ton of times, but that’s because I wear them often! These are the ones that Jude painted for me and I have instructions here to DIY your own pair.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Dress: La Redoute (similar here and a great deal)~~Cardigan: Simply Vera (similar here)~~Cami Under:  Zenana Outfitters (similar here another great deal)~~Shoes: Merona (similar here)~~Necklace: Mauzies (similar here)~~Earrings: Stella & Dot (here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Since we all have a black dress in our possession, and Nancy’s is a tad low in the front, I thought I’d add in a teal cami for her outfit too!!

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

I knitted the wrap for Nancy’s birthday this year. I tried to show the cabling on it, but my photography skills could use a little improvement!! The buttons on the wrap enable her to wear it a couple of different ways. If you’re a knitter, you can find the pattern on Ravelry, here!

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

For Nancy’s dress & camisole, we added in her pearls and even a brooch on the attached belt.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Dress: Karin Stevens (similar here)~~Cami Under: Coldwater Creek (similar here)~~Wrap:I knitted it (similar here)~~Shoes:  Aldo (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Mom made her blue dress many years ago. It’s a faux wrap style. She always wears a cami under it since it dips down pretty low in the front.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

I twisted her arm to wear this metallic silver cami for this look. It’s not super obvious, but more for comfort and modesty.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

We added a brooch at mom’s waistline also for a little bling. Last winter the three of us showed this placement of brooches in a post you can revisit here.

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

And the blue bracelet is basically an antique. It was my mother’s grandmother’s bracelet, yet it still looks so stylish!

Camisoles for Women in their 50's through 70's.

Dress: Mom made it (similar here sleeveless or here with long sleeves but it probably doesn’t need a cami—that’s a good thing!)~~Cami Under: Fashion 2 Fashion (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

I feel very blessed that you have taken the time to read my blog! Thanks for that, and I love to hear your comments!

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I’ve found that tank tops can work just as perfectly as a camisole—what do you think?

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Each of these pretty outfits is made more interesting with the addition of a cami. I really couldn’t do without mine. Especially, as you’ve shown with your two outfits, with sheer or open-weave and low-cut tops and dresses. Like them with deep-V sweaters and buttoned up cardigans too.

    • It makes me wonder why I didn’t wear camis more in the past years!! Unless I didn’t care about showing off the girls…ha ha!!

  • First off Charlotte look amazing! Such a beautiful outfit! Second that knit sweater is absolutely amazing! Gorgeous knitting and fits her perfectly! And lastly your tassel earrings are absolutely adorable! I love them! Such a fun little pop of color!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for such wonderful thoughts Ruth!!
      I think my earrings are the most I’ve ever spent on earrings—but I figure, since I can wear them 4 different ways, It takes the cost to a more reasonable level!!

  • Charlotte’s outfit made me realize another benefit of wearing lace camis: they can add texture and romance to a monochromatic outfit. The tiny pop of blue lace is subtle but still noticeable and definitely adds something to the outfit. The lace almost mirrors the filigree pattern on the brooch at her waist. I think it’s such a lovely, ladylike ensemble!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Liz.
      You’re so right…the cami can add texture & color. And now with the lace ones, you can make a more masculine outfit have a little feminine flair! I love how just you talking about these things can add so many ideas to my brain!! Thanks tons!!

  • mummabstylish

    You’ve done well with this topic Jodie, I particularly like the blue dress – perfect! I love a cami top, and this lace one is super cute. great to keep you warmer too. Nice to link up with you. Jacqui

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jacqui!!

  • PetiteOver40

    Did I tell you that you and your mom are inspiring me to learn how to sew? It’s on my list for 2017 to start small and go from there. (If I’m not careful, you’ll have me knitting too — Nancy’s cardigan is amazing!)

    You three look great! I love the brooch-at-waist idea you shared from before and applied here. And I love the talent involved in your mom’s dress (and, again, Nancy’s cardi)! But truly, of the three outfits, I could see wearing yours in a heartbeat. It’s the shoes! That Jude is talented as well!!!

    Hugs all around,

    • Jodie Filogomo

      How fabulous you’re learning to sew.
      You know, I really just started too? Only since retiring have I been using mom’s old sewing machine (which she has gifted to me) and been learning to do alterations. I’m not sure if I really want to make my own clothes—but I DO love the freedom of being able to make a piece fit all by myself !!
      Thanks for all the love, Sherry!!

  • I always love to wear cami under dresses like this. Your mums dress is gorgeous! I think it’s amazing that she made it! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t she quite talented? She’s been sewing my entire life, but I haven’t always appreciated it (isn’t that awful?)
      Thanks for the lovely comment! I’ll make sure to tell mom your sentiments!!

  • What a fabulous job on this knit wrap! I have never tried knitting. Each one of you look wonderful in your different dresses. I really like everything about your mom’s. Cool to see the placement of brooches in unexpected areas. I really would like to add more of them to my wardrobe. I do find myself wearing camis quite a bit under dresses – particularly wrap and maxi dresses.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s a great idea to wear them under maxi dresses—I don’t always think to put one on, unless I feel half naked….but I think they can be used for other reasons too!
      Happy Sunday Jennie!!
      ps..knitting is my relaxation while watching tv—it’s also somewhat creative although I don’t come up with my own patterns!!

  • My birthday is coming up soon…just in case you want to knit a wrap for ME! 😉 You have mad knitting skills, my friend! Love your mom’s blue dress paired with the silver!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well happy birthday in advance my love!! Of course I can knit for you—I need to finish my book club holiday gift first 🙂

  • You all look lovely in your wrap dresses! Love the pops of color the cami’s give these looks!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jill!!
      I like the different color the cami can bring to the outfit—but I do wish I’d done one outfit with more of a matching cami for variety!!

  • Dawn Lucy

    All the ladies always look so lovely! Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday! Have a great weekend, Jodie!


    Dawn Lucy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dawn—you too!!

  • Charlene Bullinger Asay

    I love layering. Thanks for sharing with us all!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And thank you for reading Charlene!!
      Happy Weekend!!

  • I use this layering technique all the time also. I especially layer camis under my work dresses to avoid anything being too low cut!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re a smart cookie Michelle!!
      I laughed today because I had a shirt on and it must have shrunk…it kept riding up and exposing my midrift—and it was cold then!! So I came home and put a cami on under it…..I’m not sure I would have thought of doing that except that camis were on the brain from this post!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I wear cami’s under almost everything. I just like the extra layer. I don’t have any with a lace/sheer top though like these and now I need some!! Sadly, though, I don’t have a lot of chest to hide! But, given the beautiful dresses you are wearing, I would probably still feel more comfortable wearing a cami since they are cut low/wrap, etc. You all look great and I love that blue color Charlotte is wearing.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Lol. I’d consider that lucky that you don’t have a lot of chest—then they won’t sag as much when you get older ( there’s always a silver lining somehow ) 🙂
      I’m even wearing a cami under a t-shirt today because it kept riding up and exposing my midsection !!

  • Perfect under a dress! Love how you all added another color to your looks with them.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy—I think it’s so fun to add in additional colors when possible!

  • Great article! I feel SO uncomfortable when I’m forced to check out someone’s “girls”! TMI!
    Of all, though, this time Charlotte’s was my favorite (can that gal sew!!). I loved the subtle peek of the cami w/o being too distracted from the overall look. I think yours also works well because it’s well balanced with the other elements.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally know what you mean Em–and sometimes I think they don’t even realize it!
      Isn’t my mom a fabulous seamstress?? Thanks for the kind words!!
      Happy weekend!!

  • Brenda Mobebi

    These outfits are beautiful… One thing i can say about them is that; even a teenager in the 21st century we will live in today could also wear these outfits. They are for all times and generations.

    Good to see a home and generations of mothers who are fashionistas… Your dressing is modest and that’s a good message to the younger generation that you could wear these and still get graded an A.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow, Brenda—that’s such a nice comment to read!
      Thank you for taking the time to express this—it really means a lot to me and my moms!

  • Tessy Onyia

    Jodie, these outfits are gorgeous,I love your dress and your mums dress too, cute! Yes I always put on camies for wrap dresses to cover up my chest. Great post.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think the wrap dresses just lend themselves to needing camis, Tessy!!
      But I have heard woman say they can’t wear the dress because it’s too revealing, so not all women must have camis???
      Happy Weekend and thanks so much for your voice!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    Yes, this is exactly how this mother of 3 son’s began wearing tanks to preserve modesty and not have them staring at cleavage across the dinner table, lol. i love all these versions , great job!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And that’s a good thing, huh, Tracey!!
      You certainly didn’t want to have them start therapy that young—ha ha!!

  • I like wearing camis and tanks under other tops all the time. All three of you look fabulous as always 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It certainly makes me feel more comfortable—then I’m not worried I’m flashing anyone!
      Thanks for the love Nora!!

  • You know, I do not own a single camisole. I think it stems from when I was 10 and beginning to blossom in the chest area, and the nuns at school made it a rule for all of us to wear a camisole on top of our training bras. GRRRR. In any event, to this day, I’m still not a big fan. That said, I think Charlotte looks lovely, her camisole seemingly blending in ever so nicely. I also do think Nancy’s neckline isn’t in the least bit low and because of that, her camisole distracts? My thoughts 🙂 xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can totally relate to not liking something because of the memories. That’s exactly why I never wore lab coats when working. It brought back such terrible memories of dental school!!
      And you could be right about Nancy’s cami—I think she has worn this dress without anything under it before….but in my need to find something in Nancy’s closet, I thought I’d try it. That one could have been a great example of matching the cami to the dress—why didn’t I think of that then?

      • I couldn’t tell if Nancy’s dress was sleeveless or short sleeved but here’s food for thought – a long sleeved top underneath? Maybe one with a collar or turtleneck? So Ali McGraw!!!! MUACK!!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          That is a great idea Sheela!!
          Back atcha!!
          And have fun in Dallas!!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Love these, Jodie. I appreciate that you mention modesty. Just because Hollywood gives the “girls” free reign, doesn’t mean we have too. I mean, in all honesty we save the good stuff for our spouses! Am I being too open and honest, but really why do women think that putting it out there for everyone to see is a good thing to do! Anyway, off of my soap box. These outfits are so pretty. I l love the contrast of color in yours and Nancy’s camis and I adore the addition of those brooches to Nancy’ and Mom’s outfit. I just never think to do that. It makes the outfit even more classy. I can’t believe you knit that wrap for Nancy, it is so pretty and cozy looking. Thanks for sharing these Jodie. – amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I whole heartedly agree Amy—we can still look fabulous and be covered! Besides, it always surprises me when you’re talking with someone and their shirt gives you a peep show—-I think sometimes, we ourselves don’t realize it because it looks fine when we stand straight in the mirror. It’s that bending over that causes trouble!!
      Thanks for your wonderful comments—I forwarded them to both Nancy & mom so they can read them too!!

  • I too take to wearing camis under dresses, especially wrap dresses.

    Love your Mom’s outfit with her hair colour.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Doesn’t she look so nice? Thanks Suzanne—that’ll make her day!!

  • I wear camis under dresses often. Always better having a little extra coverage. You all look lovely and your mom looks stunning in her blue dress!

    xx, Elise

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right? No sense giving someone a peep show—ha ha!!
      And thanks for the kind words!!

  • Laura

    I often wear camis under dresses just for a little extra modesty. I need to switch things up and start wearing colored ones more often! Love the broach you added on your mom’s dress. It’s just the right touch!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They are kinda like insurance!! And adding in a different color can be half the fun!!
      Thanks Laura!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Nancy and Charlotte are looking quite dressy in this post and more comfy due to the cami coverage.
    The wrap you knit for Nancy looks beautiful! ! The buttons are so cool!
    Maybe YOU should have tried that silver cami to match your silver sneaks! =)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally should have stolen mom’s cami!! Either that or I need to buy one of my own (mom is very protective of her clothing unless it doesn’t fit—ha ha)!!
      Thanks again for my sneakers—I really have worn the heck out of them!!!

      • Judy Gramith

        I’m about to paint some “vegan” boots. Will forward results when done.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Have I told you that you are amazing!! You’ll have to wear them for a blogette photo!!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    Great styling. I wear camisoles all the time. I like how wearing one puts me at ease with my outfit.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re exactly right—then you just don’t worry when bending over. Or you aren’t constantly adjusting your clothing (definitely a pet peeve of mine)!!
      Thanks Bernadette!!

  • Great dresses from all of you! It s very nice to drop a little different color by wearing a camisole.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re so right Nancy—it is an easy way to add in another color!
      Thanks & happy Thursday!